The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor

Our town has a beautiful nativity scene on the front lawn of the courthouse. It truly is impressive. As I walked up closer, I sort of chuckled and commented on the blonde-haired blue-eyed Jesus in the manger. No, the Bible doesn’t describe Jesus’ outward appearance so we can’t say for sure what He looked like. However, most would agree that He was more likely to appear Arab rather than a blonde-haired blue-eyed European.
Later as I was thinking about our day, I thought to myself, “How fitting and poignant. A baby Jesus made in our own image.”
We love to make Jesus into our own image. He hates the same things we do, dresses the way we do, has the same political beliefs, and has the same enemies. He hates it when the local Wal-Mart cashier wishes us “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” at this time of year. He smiles down fondly at us as we make laws against other people’s sins, while He hands out unlimited grace for our own sins of choice.
No, we have no problem following this Jesus that we’ve made into our own image.
But the Jesus Who was born in a manger over 2000 years ago is much more difficult to follow.
The Jesus of the Manger, Who was born into scandal and scorn from the religious folks. He was born homeless. An outcast. The King of Kings entered this world via a dirty, feces-covered stable. And of all the people God could’ve chosen to announce His Son’s arrival to, whom did He choose? Shepherds. Some of the lowest of the low in Jewish society. They lived with their sheep year-round in the fields, so they stank of sheep and their own filth. Outcasts. And then there were the magi. They were not kings, as the old hymn portrays. They were magi. Mystics. Pagans. Traveling from a foreign land to follow the star that their prophecy foretold would light the way to the Son of God. Pagans. Immigrants. Outcasts.
The Jesus of the Manger is the Savior of the homeless and the immigrant. He is the Savior of the poor, the cold and the underfed. He is the Savior of the prisoner and the tortured. The tax collector and the prostitute. The drug addict and the thief. The outcasts.
The Jesus of the Manger is the radical Lord of the upside down Kingdom of God, where the first shall be last and the last shall be first. Where those who make peace are above those who wage war. Where enemies are loved and the poor are blessed. Where the wisdom of this world is foolishness.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” – Luke 4:18

Junia Mark
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Oh Foolish Galatians Who Hath Bewitched You

Gal 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
Gal 3:2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Gal 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
The Remnant is characterized by its faithfully coming out of the harlot church system as God has commanded in Rev 18:4. They are in the wilderness being perfected for the Lord’s return. Oh that joyous day!
In the meanwhile we live in these fleshly vessels day by day, and seek Him to know and do His Will. We are not caught up in the world’s problems. Sometimes they effect us indirectly, or inconvenience us, but the Lord can and does protect and provide for His own.
Regardless of the situations we face, we have and should not relinquish our peace, love and joy in the Lord. They are gifts from the Lord, take hold of them and don’t let the enemy steal them from you!
One of the way the enemy steals from us is to needlessly divide the Remnant over unprovable doctrinal issues, beware of this and don’t do his bidding by taking part in it.
This time of year we see endless memes (pictures with text trying to illustrate or enforce a belief upon others) about the evils of Christmas, as if Jesus Himself told us not to celebrate His birth. Here are some common reasons given: it has pagan origins, His birth was really in September, we are not allowed to cut down trees and put them in our houses, Santa is Satan! When you put gifts under the tree you are bowing down to it, etc.
Once again, we are not commanded by the Lord to, or not to celebrate His birth, but we know this:
Luk 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Luk 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Does that sound like a celebration to you? Does to me. It truly is the greatest story ever told, and because of it we are where we are now, in His peace, love and joy awaiting His glorious return.
Back to the first verses posted at the beginning of this article, telling someone they can’t do this or that, without it being a direct commandment of the Lord Jesus Christ, is trying to put someone back under the law. If you, or someone you “teach”, do such things, you better remember this admonition:
Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. Gal 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. Gal 3:12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Gal 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
Those who want to put you back under the Law say God has commanded us not to celebrate Christmas, which to them that believe is about the birth of Jesus Christ, see Luke 1 and 2. They refer to God’s commandment given under the Law to not cut down trees and place them in their houses (Jer 10:1-4). Why do you single out that one? Do you not eat pork, do you not work on the Sabbath, did you stone your children to death if they were still disobedient after the age of accountability? Did you circumcise them to follow the whole law? All 613 of them? Probably not eh? But you want to see to it that no one celebrates the birth of Jesus because a tree might be involved? Foolishness, hypocrisy and worst of all, another way to drive away those who might want to come out of the “church”, or divide the remnant before the Lord returns.
On the other hand, if you want to celebrate it in September do so, if you don’t want to celebrate it, don’t. Again, there is no commandment to do so. If I told you that you had to I would be as big a hypocrite as those who say you can’t.
Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
Col 2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ … Col 2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, Col 2:21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Col 2:22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
1Co 10:27 If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake. 1Co 10:28 But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof:
1Co 10:29 Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience? 1Co 10:30 For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks? 1Co 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Rom 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. Rom 14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. Rom 14:6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
I think the verses above amply support my beliefs, what we do we do for the glory of the Lord, giving thanks and praise to Him and Him alone. No man will put us back under the law, no matter how many fancy memes they create, or re-post. It’s good you can read, but understanding what you read is even more important. Before you go comparing Christians who celebrate the birth of Christ to pagans that sacrificed their children to false gods, you’d better examine your own selves for fault.
Daniel Mark
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The Duty of the Remnant Believers Part 2

As we mentioned in the last article, the Synagogue of Satan, professing to be Jews, but who are not (Rev 2:9, 3:9), have usurped the identity of the Israel of God, calling it a piece of land instead of a spiritual entity, likened to an olive tree in Romans 11, and the Holy City, the New Jerusalem in Rev 21. Because so many are deceived about the true identity of the Israel of God, a new and satanic ideology has emerged in the last century or two referred to as Dispensationalism. Satan uses this to get “Christians” to support his counterfeit version of Israel, and for the last decade and a half the U.S. Foreign policy has been to fight a “War on Terror”, based on a false account of what happened on September 11, 2001, to Satan’s benefit.
As if this isn’t bad enough on its own, “Christians” are fighting in these wars, thinking God is pleased with them. They are treated as heroes, and applauded in the “Church”. I tell you the truth brothers and sisters, it would be hard for them to get farther away from the true Gospel of Jesus Christ than to kill in His Name. We have written on this extensively in the past, here’s a link to an article giving a Bible based detailed explanation why  “Christians” should not participate in the endless wars that plague our world:
Let’s be unified in teaching that it is NOT the Lord’s will for anyone, especially those who profess Him as their Savior, to partake in these endless wars, which are always based on lies, and only benefit Satan and his counterfeit Israel.
Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
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The Duty of the Remnant Believers

The Remnant believers, having come out of the harlot church system have a duty to perform for the Kingdom. They must be united in their teaching and stay focused on the most important things which have been twisted and distorted by the enemy. One of the most perverted beliefs of those inside the system is that the piece of land in the Middle East, known to the world as Palestine, is the Israel of God. And that those people living there, who call themselves Jews, but are not (Rev 2:9, 3:9), are the Chosen people of God.
This belief has caused untold problems for the world, and it could lead to a third world war, if the Lord allows it to. The truth is suppressed by a wicked alliance between Satan, the leaders of most of the western world, and the false doctrines of the harlot church system, either through ignorance, or simply loving their delusions more than the truth (2 The 2:10).
The truth is, as Jesus explains, is that the true chosen people (1 Pe 2:9) are likened unto branches that abide in Him (Joh 15), the true vine. Those who don’t abide in Him, or believe in Him, are likened to branches that fall off and wither and die, and are collected and thrown into the fire. Clearly a frightening warning of their eternity in the Lake of Fire, if they don’t repent.
In the Book of Romans Paul explains it in a way specifically tailored to his countrymen, likening the vine unto an olive tree. Unbelievers are torn out and believers grafted in. The message is the same, no where does it say that there is any other way, but to abide in Jesus.
Today’s Israel is a Satanic stronghold, through which the enemy has divided the body of Christ, and has positioned it to be the catalyst for the final world war, that could bring about the destruction of the world, again, if the Lord allows it. Professing Christians should clearly recognize it, stay clear of it, and avoid any entanglements with Satan’s counterfeit Israel. Read your bibles, leave any institution which does not teach these truths (Rev 18:4), or that supports this evil entity. We are to be looking for the new Jerusalem (Heb 12:22), not yoking ourselves to a bunch of unbelieving eastern European usurpers and impostors (2 Co 6:14). Know the truth and overcome the devil and the world in Christ.
Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
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The So-Called Remnant is Way Off Course Part 2

Continuing where I left off the other day. I see a huge problem in doctrine and general lack of empathy and love for our neighbors in the so-called “Remnant”. We get on our high horses and look down our noses on those that don’t have the same “truth” we profess to have. It’s hard to teach and explain with humility and love from such great heights. Nobody likes to be looked down on, or made to feel that God is excluding them from some great revelation. Perhaps some of us need a “Thorn in the flesh”, to give us a little more compassion and understanding of our neighbors, who are still struggling to come out of the harlot church system?
I saw a post the other day, the gist of it was God only reveals to us what we need to know, I believe that. There are a few examples of this principle, such as when the Lord ordered both John and Daniel to seal up the “book” till the end (Dan 12:4, Rev 10:4). Another instance, you’ll recall that the Lord told the disciples, there is much more I have to tell you, but you can’t bear it now (Joh 16:10). Hadn’t they been with Him for 2 or 3 years and they still couldn’t bear what He had to say? And the so-called Remnant now believes they are better, more able, more prepared to hear what the disciples who were with him every day couldn’t bear? How arrogant is that? How haughty and prideful? I think they are warning us of strong delusion, but, it seems they are the ones who are most in danger of strong delusion!
And then they tell us, don’t celebrate this day or that day, observe the Sabbath, the Feast of … it is legalism, pure and simple. They’ve come out of the “Church”, but they are trying to get everyone to go back under a new form of the “law”, to perfect themselves?
Gal 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? Gal 3:2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Gal 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Gal 3:4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.
Seems some are trying to make a new version of the 10 Commandments. What we end up with is endless bickering and division, what a waste of time, splintering the group of believers and taking away from our main job of reaching the lost with the truth of Jesus Christ.
In closing, I urge the “Remnant” to unite under common beliefs: Come out of the harlot church system, expose modern day Israel for the Satanic counterfeit it is, and to resolve that the disciples of Jesus Christ are not called to military service for the kingdoms of this world, but to spiritual service to the Kingdom of God.
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The So-Called Remnant is WAY off Course

I am weary of what I see from people calling themselves the “Remnant.”

I see a lot of legalism, e.g. don’t do that, don’t do this, don’t celebrate this or that day, believe this or else you’re not really saved like we are, and on and on.
What I don’t see is much love, humility, or understanding. A recognition that they too, were once deceived, (if indeed they are no longer) and that they can help someone to get where they are. Basically, to love someone else as they love themselves, and to do unto others as they would want others to do unto them.
I see groups of people coming up with alternate takes on end time eschatology, arguing and dividing over it. I see posts on Facebook basically congratulating themselves for finding the truth, and patting each other on the back if they agree with each other. Savaging those that don’t agree, and being very condescending and high minded about it all.
This is not what I came out of the “Church” to find. Not even close to it. I continue to look for fellowship in all the wrong places, apparently. That is OK, because it helps me grow closer to Jesus Christ. Maybe I’m the problem? If so, then I’ll be honest and open about it. The Lord’s will be done. Whatever the case may be, I will not condemn people who are still in the system, don’t have the same eschatological theories that I have, or think myself better than them. My beliefs have evolved, and they are still evolving. I believe theirs will too if they are led properly: patiently, with humility and love.
Take a look at the average argument of the so-called “Remnant” on a social interactive site, such as Facebook. Disagreements lead to name-calling and futility: “I’m right, you’re wrong;” “You’ll see what I see when you’re as Spiritually-gifted as I am;” “You’re argument is with God, not me;” “It says so in the Bible;” etc etc.
Who in the “Church” would want to come out of it to subject themselves to the bickering and division rampant in the group of believers outside of the “Church?!”
Get over yourselves. If you truly have the truth, you didn’t come up with it yourself. It is a gift from God, to give freely to others with love, patience and humility.
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Another Reason all Must Come out of Babylon

The debate over the government interfering in the “church” hit a new high recently when the lesbian mayor of Houston demanded that 5 “churches” turn over materials, including sermons that might implicate them to be in violation of a new city ordinance. The city had unbelievably passed a law that allows gender confused individuals to choose to use either the men or women’s public bathrooms.
This seems like a no-brainer right? The “church” is undoubtedly correct to assail this new law, right? Wrong. Most “churches” have signed a 501c3 non-profit corporate agreement with the government. Which basically exempts them from having to pay taxes in exchange for not speaking out against the government, potentially influencing their congregation’s voting preferences. Therefore, the individual “church” can and have been prosecuted by the government for breaking their agreement. Read this link to better understand what a 501c3 agreement is and why it is not Biblical:
During the Bush Jr administration anti-war “churches” were persecuted and prosecuted:
One example. There were others, but the point is that the law (501c3) was designed to prevent “churches” from speaking out against government actions, as Lyndon Johnson, the prime instigator of the law, then Senate Majority leader, said it would:
The bottom line here is that the “church” needs to evaluate their actions, recognize the true nature of the law, and that its participation in it is blasphemy, and get out of it immediately. This is not an altruistic example of the government’s benevolence to religious institutions, this is a legal agreement designed to silence moral opposition to the evil actions of the government, such as the endless illegal wars and even laws forbidding feeding the homeless. Read the links, they make it clear that a “church” that has entered into this type of agreement is outside the will of God, and that they are no longer a part of the body of Jesus Christ, but a state created entity, a corporation just like Walmart or McDonalds. In Biblical terms, they have conformed to the world and they have clearly begun to act like their sister corporations. Where as the true body of Christ should be measured by the proper spiritual growth of sinners to overcomers, the modern day “church” is measured by attendance and building growth statistics.
Pray on this fervently you who attend 501c3 “churches.” If you don’t know ask your religious leaders, and if they say yes or don’t know, pass along this article to them. In conforming to the world the “church” has become part of end time Babylon, the false prophet, to be exact. The spiritual wing of Babylon spoken of in the Book of Revelation. In closing, heed this warning from our Lord very carefully:
Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come
out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and 
that ye receive not of her plagues.
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Peace in the Valley

Heavy burdens and troubles can affect us all at some point in our lives. We’ll need help from our Lord to get through, and the Lord knows this. He has given us His precious Word to cling to, comforting promises to hold onto. Like a light at the end of the tunnel we are drawn to Him, He’s our lifeline, trusting in Him will see us through the worst of storms. No matter our situation, how deep the valley, we can and will have peace in that valley, if we trust in His Word for us.
Php 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Whatever the situation, He will make a way, sickness, money problems, relationships, no matter, put your life under His control, trust and obey. It might not always end up the way you wanted it to, but remember, when we pray we must seek His will to be done, not ours. Above all else have faith that however He answers your prayers it is what is best for you. Stand on that and don’t be moved.
Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Faith is the key to overcoming the world, we will go through trials and tribulations. The enemy will use these to discourage us, get us doubting, fearful, or give up on God’s plan for our lives. Don’t give up dear Christian, hang on to the precious promises He has given us!
Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Be patient while you wait, be of good cheer and stand firm, knowing the Lord will reward our faith and trust in Him.
Luk 18:42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.
Luk 17:19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
Luk 7:50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
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Prayer in School?

How many times have we heard that school shootings and every evil that befalls the public education system are because the Lord has been taken out of the schools? Or, that this latest generation of kids are so bad because “they aren’t allowed to pray in school?”

Is this Biblical? Does God allow our children to be killed, drugged, molested and mislead because the “supreme court” has said that there must be separation between the “church” and state?

That is a ridiculous argument, and not Biblical!

Who can stop anyone from praying? You could be thrown into prison, beaten to within an inch of your life, and still, if you wanted to you could pray! Does that sound like something we’ve read about in our Bibles? Yes, (Mar 13:9, Acts 5:40, 16:37 and many more examples) most of the first disciples of Christ were treated that way, but they continued to pray.

Let’s make this clear, you cannot be stopped from praying, but, you can be stopped from making a show of your praying! As the Bible clearly tells us, this is not the way to pray any ways:

[KJV] Matthew 6:5-6
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Obviously, the prayer in school arguments are false, and mostly used by the false teachers as a way to coax money out of their followers. Filthy Lucre (1 Sam 8:3, 1 Tim 3:3, Tit 1:11, 1 Pet 5:2).

Finally, history shows us that when the “church” and state are not separated, it usually leads the “church” into serious error. From Constantine’s officially adopting Christianity and corrupting it, to today’s version of it, the state chartered 501c3 non-profit corporation, nothing good will come of it, and as the Bible says:

[KJV] James 1:27
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

[KJV] Romans 12:2
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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The Bride of Christ

This is a precious subject, dear to the heart of a true believer in our Lord and Savour Jesus Christ, and to look into the subject it will be helpful to contrast the true and the false, the Bride and the Harlot. This will bring out the issues more clearly and with the intention of helping to identify where the reader may be in this important matter and where changes needed for assurance that they belong to Christ to be part of Him for eternity.

The Bride of Christ, also known as the remnant, comes from among believers who have not been really satisfied with what they have experienced in ‘Church’. They do not sense a fit. Although they may have felt part of things at times, this has not been a permanent experience for them. They have asked questions but the answers have not been satisfactory. Charles Chiniquy (1809-1899), former Roman Catholic who later became a Protestant tells about how he would go to his superior with a troubling question and would leave with ‘peace’. But as he wrote in hindsight, it was not the peace of God, rather it was the peace of death. The life the remnant sees in the church today rarely matches the life of the early church as in the Bible, but rather a worldly one with little interest in the things of God. The real truth is suppressed and false ideas about their condition are promoted. The ones exercising their gifts are the leaders so others are not given opportunity to develop what the Lord has given to them. When the bride is shown the truth, she hears it. The false church will ignore, avoid discussion and will not hear about anything that differs from the beliefs of the group they are part of. If the believer continues to say these things, the leadership will take steps to suppress the person that does not agree with them. Making real progress comes from obeying what the Lord says in 2Corinthians 6:17-18 KJV “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, (18) And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” ‘Come out’ is in the imperative, and God keeps His promise!

The Bride of Christ is also described as sheep who hears His voice, John 10:27 KJV “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me”: In this verse we may notice three things: Hearing the voice of Jesus, Being known by him, and obedience in following Him, taking up their own cross. The Lord is the author and finisher of our faith, Hebrews 12:22, He is the one who leads the believer in the path of righteousness. Hearing means also obeying, leading to real progress in our walk with Him. Knowing God is a requirement for eternity, Matthew 7:21-23. God’s problem with Israel in the Old Testament was similar in that they did not know Him. Isaiah 1:3 Brenton “The ox knows his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel does not know me, and the people has not regarded me.” (Brenton is a translator of the Septuagint, the bible the Bereans would have looked into, and clearer here). Sadly even those who today might be considered ‘Bereans’ may miss this truth if they have not been shown and embraced the key of knowledge since it has been obscured for a long time.

We hear about: Hebrews 10:25 KJV “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”This is often quoted to those who are at the point of leaving the organized church. But they do not connect this with the verse where Paul wrote to Timothy to have fellowship with those who call upon the Lord out of a pure heart: 2 Timothy 2:22 KJV “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” The Lord Jesus Christ made a simple statement in His Sermon on the Mount: Matthew 5:8 KJV “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Pure, cleansed. This is not a question of knowledge of the Word, but a heart matter, i.e., thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). How is this accomplished? By taking heed to the Saviour’s prompting as in this verse referenced earlier: John 10:27-28 KJV “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: (28) And I give unto them eternal life. They shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand”. The assembling together of those looking for the Saviour is in the context of end times, not only of our own situation but that of the world which is reaching its end in our day.

The bride, once freed from the church system, will flee from a false leader: John 10:5 KJV “And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.”

The bride obeys God and does not cover her sins, but quickly acknowledges them before God nor does she accept the view that God sees us in Christ, that we are positionally righteous therefore He ignores our real condition! This is surely a damnable heresy! (2Peter 2:1). Consider 1John 3:7 KJV “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.” The truth is clear that the Lord knows our condition exactly from the very beginning and is waiting for us to respond to His promptings so that one by one the issues of our lives may be resolved and we are set free, John 8:31,32.

The bride fears God, while the harlot lives in a false sense of security, saying that we will see no sorrow: Revelation 18:7 KJV “How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.”

The Bride hears the Lord and not man. Nor does she follow or become entangled in man-made theological systems but only God’s word. The harlot systems are worldly and fight against one another. So much that is written is to promote a particular man’s doctrine, and to refute another’s position. The bride wants to hear from her Saviour and sit at His feet, fellowshipping with them who are walking the same narrow road to life.

The New Testament scriptures were addressed to the true church, not to the false one. The warnings were therefore against the false church, but in our day these have been turned around so that the false church accuses the real believers of being in error! This perspective is seen in 1John 4:6 KJV “We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” The Pharisees resisted Jesus’s words, and the Jews resisted those of Paul. Be encouraged, if the Lord has given you the truth, it will also be resisted, Matthew 5:10-12.

TJB

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